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Cruising through Chile

Four Days, Three Nights on a Ship

Finally catching up a bit on uploading some photos. I wanted to share some of the scenery around Bariloche, Argentina were I was last week.


It was hard to leave Bariloche, but I headed out to Puerto Montt, Chile with a great group of five other travelers from my hostel. We stayed there a night and then took the ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales. Spectacular scenery during the four days and three nights that we were on board the ferry. Just to clarify that this was a transport ferry not a luxury cruise. Cars, trucks, cargo, animals, etc were all loaded up on the deck. Small dorm style rooms with shared bathrooms but worth it for the scenery.

View of Puerto Montt as we were leaving.

Raising anchor.

We sailed through some very narrow openings in the fjords across some amazingly still water. The only rough patch of water was when we had to enter the open Pacific Ocean, which was rolling quite a bit. I managed to keep all my food down but others were not so lucky. DidnĀ“t take pictures of that...

We could go up and talk to the captain on the bridge anytime during the day which was really interesting. I learned lots about navigating, measuring distances, route finding, etc. Maybe I can get a job as a captain when I get back to the states.

We stopped in the harbor of Puerto Eden for a couple of hours to off load some cargo and take on more passengers. This is one of the most remote spots in all of South America. Only 100 people live in the village and their only means of supply is from this ship when it stops once a week.

The last morning on board we woke up a treat. It had snowed during the night. On the downside it was extremely cold and we had to watch our step on the decks since it was icy. We were all freezing but wanted to enjoy the great views. Some of my new friends...

Our ship sailed through the narrow channel on the left. Only 50 ft of clearance on each side of the ship.

Currently in Puerto Natales, Chile where I am enjoying a fast internet connection and hot coffee. Deciding on my next move. Interesting fact about Puerto Natales from a local paper, the town has a population of 115,000 people and a homeless dog population estimated at 20,000 dogs. They are everywhere!

Wanted to share this photo of Chase Hansen. Chase is the nine month old son of my great friends and neighbors in San Francisco, Bryan & Paula Hansen. Chase is wearing a Peru soccer jersey that I sent back to the states.

The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends!!

Posted by timtheis 13:22

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